InnerLight Solutions

 

Why Choose Mediation?










Mediation is the intervention into a dispute or negotiation by an acceptable (professional/certified), impartial and neutral third party who has no decision-making authority.


The objective of the intervention is to assist the parties in voluntarily reaching an acceptable resolution of an issue or issues in dispute.   Mediation is useful in disputes where the parties have either been unable to initiate a productive dialogue, or where the parties have been talking and have reached a seemingly insurmountable impasse. 

A mediator, like a facilitator, guides a discussion and makes procedural suggestions regarding how parties can reach agreement.  Occasionally, a mediator may suggest some substantive options as a means of encouraging the parties to expand the range of possible resolutions under consideration. 

 

A mediator often works with the parties individually or in caucuses to explore acceptable resolution options or to develop proposals that might move the parties closer to resolution.  Mediators differ in their degree of directiveness or control while assisting disputing parties.  InnerLight Solutions’ approach is to help set the stage for bargaining, make minimal procedural suggestions, and intervene in the negotiations only to avoid or overcome a deadlock.  Other mediators are much more involved in forging the details of a resolution.  Regardless of how directive the mediator is, the mediator performs the role of catalyst that enables the parties to initiate progress toward their own resolution of issues in dispute, leading to an agreement that is mutual and lasting.

  

What to Expect

 

InnerLight Solutions’ approach to mediation is more facilitative than directive. In other words, we want the parties to arrive at their own solutions, which, in turn, promotes lasting resolution and ensures that both or all parties are satisfied with the outcomes, increasing the likelihood that the resolution is sustainable.

 

Some specifics of the mediation session include:


  1. Opening – Explaining the process of mediation, highlighting confidentiality, mediator role, and ground rules.

  2. Mediation Agreement – Agreement of resolved items is agreed upon between/among the parties.

  3. Mediation Timeframe – May last between one and several hours.

  4. Closing – Mediator writes up the agreement that was reached, and each party signs the agreement, indicating that the resolution is acceptable and binding. 

  


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